Golovkin vs. Rubio Preview

By Robert Ecksel on October 16, 2014
Golovkin vs. Rubio Preview
Unlike Daniel Geale, Golovkin’s last opponent, Rubio can hurt a man if he catches him.

Most people, including the HBO brass, believe Golovkin will do to Rubio what he does to everyone else, which is to knock him out…

Saturday night at the StubHub Center in Carson, California, WBA/IBO middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (30-0, 27 KOs), from Stuttgart, Germany, by way of Karaganda, Kazakhstan, makes his West Coast debut against Marco Antonio Rubio, (59-6-1, 51 KOs), the seasoned veteran from Torreon, Coahuila de Zaragoza, Mexico.

Golovkin is being groomed for superstardom and is the betting favorite going in. Rubio may be durable, but durability is a mixed blessing when measured against Golovkin’s power. The last time someone took Golovkin the distance was in 2008. Since then, 17 fighters have failed to go the distance.

Golovkin is the real deal. He may not be a perfect fighter, of which there have been but a handful over the centuries, but he’s immensely talented. He can dispose opponents with either hand. He’s also a smart executioner who cuts off the ring and plays the angles like a pool shark.

Rubio has fought several fine fighters over the years, but he’s never fought anyone as fine as Golovkin, nor is he likely to fight anyone as fine as Golovkin again.

If Rubio can wade through the heavy artillery, he may be able to extend Golovkin into the championship rounds. Rubio is nothing if not experienced. But other experienced fighters had blueprints to beat Golovkin, blueprints that proved worthless when the bombs started landing.

Rubio also has power, as his record indicates, and Golovkin can be hit. Curtis Stevens, Gabriel Rosado, and Matthew Macklin caught Triple G several times, before they went down in a blaze of glory. But Rubio is a higher caliber fighter than the aforementioned trio. And unlike the very capable Daniel Geale, Golovkin’s last opponent, Rubio can hurt a man if he catches him.

Most people, including the brass at HBO, who is televising the fight, believe Golovkin will do to Rubio what he does to everyone else he faces, which is to separate them from their senses. One dissenting voice is that of Rubio’s trainer, Robert Garcia. Trainers say what they say and what they say needs to be taken with a grain of salt. But Garcia thinks Golovkin’s come-forward style is ready-made for his Mexican fighter.

We’ll see about that.

Also on Saturday’s card, reigning and defending WBA featherweight champion Nonito Donaire (33-2, 21 KOs), from San Leando, California, by way of Talibon, Bohol, Philippines, is in a tough against unbeaten Nicholas Walters (24-0, 20 KOs), the powerhouse from Montego Bay, Jamaica.

“Donaire is a very good champion,” said Walters. “He may seem like a complete fighter, but I’m going to knock him out. But you know what? Donaire stepped up and took this fight. He didn’t have to. For that, I respect him for getting in the ring with me.”

The third fight of the night features Edwin Rodriguez (24-1-0, 16 KOs), from Worcester, Massachusetts, fighting Azea Augustama (17-1, 9 KOs), a Haitian fighting out of Hollywood, Florida. Rodriguez is moving up to light heavyweight for this 10-rounder. It will be his first fight since being bested by Andre Ward last November. Augustama hasn’t lost a fight in over three years.

Gennady Golovkin vs. Marco Antonio Rubio will be broadcast live Saturday night on HBO at 10 PM ET/PT.

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  1. Darrell 07:57pm, 10/18/2014

    Destruction, simply destruction.

    I’m on that hype train too!

  2. Darrell 07:27pm, 10/18/2014

    Donaire magnanimous in defeat.  He got a little bit physically dominated and Walters jab was increasingly finding the mark.  Too strong, too big, too hard punching.

  3. Darrell 07:11pm, 10/18/2014

    Donaire KO’d!!

    Welcome to the big time Nicholas Walters!

  4. Darrell 07:03pm, 10/18/2014

    Whoa!!  This Donaire/Walters fight is pretty intense.  Donaire dropped in the 3rd, Walters staggered at the end of the 2nd…..I don’t think it’s going 12.

  5. Darrell 03:10pm, 10/18/2014

    Predictions?  Brutal knockout…sooner rather than later.

  6. Irish Frankie Crawford Beat Saijo aka Gimpel 07:58am, 10/18/2014

    Grace Jones’ love child will be a tough nut to crack but he’s no Rigo..

  7. Koolz 02:24pm, 10/16/2014

    Donaire needs to be hungrier for the fight with Walters, it’s very tough fight!
    If Donaire can catch him with the left hook then Walters could be gone if not I could see Walters beating Donaire. 
    Donaire just doesn’t seem to be the same kind of fighter.  Sometimes the hunger and drive fades and it shows int he ring.

  8. Koolz 02:18pm, 10/16/2014

    Alright another 3 rounder for Golovkin! 
    Will be an exciting fight for as long as it lasts.  I watched Rubio’s last two fights and I don’t see anything at all that will trouble GGG. 
    Great that Rubio is a warrior though!  I want to see him try and trade !
    That’s right the Hype Train will still role on because at 160 there isn’t any fighter that can defeat it!

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